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Raymond Fry Coaching Session

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of coaching Northern Ireland's number 1 snooker player Raymond Fry from Antrim in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow.

Earlier this month Raymond had won the opening ranking event of the season in NIBSA. He is a regular International and Q-School player who practices daily with N. Irelands professionals Mark Allen and Jordan Browne in the 147club in Antrim.

Raymond really impressed me with his attitude and commitment when we worked on fine tuning his techniques and developing specific routines.

During the session I worked on fine tuning his fundamentals by working on his Approach, Delivery and Rest Shots. We also talked about my programs on the mental side with the academy booklets on becoming mentally stronger.  

Raymond now begins a new training plan which will be monitored and it is fantastic to have another top talent within my 147academy. Good luck on this season mate and thanks again for wanting to come down for a session. See you soon.

Vienna Training Camp

My 147academy travelled to Vienna in Austria to hold a National Team Camp organised by the Austrian Billiards & Snooker Association. Eleven players from all across Austria were invited to attend this two-day PJ Nolan camp in the HSEBC Cue Sports Academy in Vienna.

The Players

Philipp Koch, Andreas Ploner, Mike Busse, Oskar Charlesworth, Florian Nüßle, Jérôme Liedtke, Arif Hussaini, Thomas Janzso, Florian Toth, Mario Bodlos and Elias Kapitany attended this training camp from 10am – 6pm each day. It was a pleasure training the players again as their commitment was superb.

Mental Game Seminar

EBSA and National Coach Chau Zi Kim gave two seminars to the players on Success in Sport and Goal Setting. The players were delighted with the content and structure as this Mental Training will become a regular part of each camp in the future in trying to get the players stronger mentally .

Camp Plan

This camp I again focused on their Approach, Stance, Address Position, Bridge, Grip and Cue Actions and I really feel the players are developing with every camp. During this camp I again worked on improving their Technique, Break Building skills and Safety Games with specific academy Technical, Mental, Scoring and Match-Play routines.


I used all my academy training aids including my Blade Cue, 360 Cue, Chris Henry Balls, Master Doctor Kit, EBSA Coaching Balls and Lasers. All the players received a CD from the coaching videos along with two 147academy Mental Fitness booklets to work on training sessions at home.


I held different types of competitions during the camp to monitor the player’s performances and the Technical competition was won by Florian Nüßle with a stunning display. Jérôme Liedtke and Mario Bodlos were tied in second place and Philipp Koch in third place.


In the Control Competition it was again Florian Nüßle who won it with 47pts from maximum of 50 pts just pipping Andreas Ploner into second and Elias Kapitany was in third place. 


The Scoring competition was won by Andreas Ploner with quality scoring, Second was Florian Nüßle and third was Jérôme Liedtke.

Thank You

I would like to thank Austrian President and Sport Director Christian Fock and National Coach Chau Zi Kim and the HSEBC Academy for their assistance during this camp.

Finally, I wish all the Austrian players good luck in their next Grand Prix and see you all in October where we will prepare for the upcoming IBSF World Championships in Turkey. Well done and keep on training hard and preparing your best for each event.

Auf Wiedersehen


France Snooker Camp

This September my 147 Academy returned to the pearl of the Vosges in North East of France to hold another Snooker Camp in the Gérardmer Billiard Club. This camp is now in it's fifth year which was organised by their President Jean-Michel Martin.

During the year Jean-Michel Martin has been busy coaching, using my 147academy system. He is guiding some good young players who have some great potential and I was very impressed with the players overall improvement.

  • Camp Goal

I again focused on their Approach, Stance, Address Position, Grip and Cue Actions. The players really impressed me with their cueing and aiming this year. A new club training plan was designed to help the players focus on their training.

I used the Academy Master Doctor and Laser to help the player get in line. I used the Blade Cue and my Coaching Balls to help the players achieve a smoother delivery without unwanted side.

  • International Players to Club Players

The sixteen French players who attended this camp in Gérardmer were of a variety of ages and levels from an exciting Junior Nicolas Mortreux who reached the QFinal in the 2019 European Under 18 in Israel, Two French International players Michaël Martin and Maximilien Koch who represented France in the 2019 European Team Championship in Serbia to adult club members to very young Boys and Girls.

Each player received a technical profile with the main points to improve, Academy Sports Psychology booklet plus the movies from their session to study at home as I feel this is crucial in developing the fundamentals into their game.

  • Thank You

Finally, a big thank you again goes to Jean-Michel Martin the President of the Gérardmer Snooker Club. It was a great honour to return to one of my favourite clubs to coach very committed players and I would like to thank all his members for making my visit a memorable again and I am already looking forward to my sixth camp in 2020.

Coaching Camp in Finland

This week I returned to Finland to hold another 147academy Snooker Training Camp in the AuraBiljardi Club in Turku Finland. This camp again focused on training four talented and up and coming Finnish Junior players Patrik Tiihonen, Eelis Lappalaisen, Tuure Lappalainen and Toni Savonen plus AuraBiljard Club owner Marko Parkkola.

  • Talented Players

Patrik Tiihonen, Eelis and Tuure Lappalainen have all represented Finland in many International Championships over the years and it was a big honour again to coach them. The AuraBiljardi Club was again the perfect venue for the camp with nine professional Star Snooker Tables plus many American Pool, Chineese 8 Ball Pool Table and Carmon Tables.

  • New Training Program

During this camp I updated their training program with new shots, drills and situations that occur in frames and matches.  The players were also shown how to plan a session and to start making written records from their training so improvement can be measured with goals, targets and feedback from each session.

This four-day training camp covered all aspects of the game from developing good fundamentals in their playing technique to working on their Mind Fitness. The Mental side of the game is crucial I believe in achieving more success for the Finnish players. Each player received Audio and Videos on improving this important area in their game.

  • Incredible Standard

I used my Master Doctor Kit, Balde Cue and Academy Laser to develop their approach of coming in on line of aim to deliver the cue better. All the players practiced routines on Cue Ball Control, Safety Play and Break Building and achieved fantastic scores on the drills. Each player received a CD to study at home with the videos from the camp plus two booklets on improving their mental side of the game.

  • Honour to Coach in Finland

It was an honour to train the players again and see how passionate they were about wanting to learn. Each player has improved since the last camp and the AuraBiljardi Club is the perfect training base to help develop more champions of the future in Finland. It is a big honour for my 147academy to help the Finland players improve more and achieve more good results on the International stage.

  • Thank You

I would like to thank Harri Lappalainen and Marko Parkkola from the AuraBiljardi Club for organising everything. Finally thank you to all the players for training so hard and giving me 100% commitment throughout the camp. I look forward to our next camp to monitor your progress.

AuraBiljardi Club Web Site



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